WINCHESTER, Il (WGEM) — The Scott County State’s Attorney announced Monday that an arrest warrant was served in relation to a stabbing incident that took place last Tuesday in Winchester, Illinois.
Scott County State’s Attorney Michael Hill stated that on Friday, an arrest warrant was served on Matthew Richardson, 39, of Springfield, Illinois, concerning allegations of Domestic Battery and Violation of an Order of Protection.
During the incident, Richardson was stabbed and taken to Memorial Hospital in Springfield, Illinois, according to Hill. He stated that Richardson was released from the hospital on Friday and arrested that same day.
Hill stated that the stabbing incident involved Richardson, Jason Pittman and Jamie Tucker. There was an active order of protection entered in the Brown County Circuit Court naming Tucker as the protected person and Richardson as the respondent. Richardson was ordered to have no contact with Tucker, according to Hill.
These charges are typically class A misdemeanors punishable by a maximum of 365 days in jail and up to a $2,500 fine, according to Hill. He stated that these charges can sometimes become felonies and he is considering filing the charges as class 4 felonies.
Hill stated that the preliminary determination, based upon information given by investigating officers, is that the stabbing was an act of self-defense. He stated that during the altercation, in which Richardson was the primary aggressor, Pittman acted to defend himself and Tucker. Hill stated that this determination can be revised after receiving and reviewing police reports on the matter.